1997 - 2006
In 1997 Unity Center changed its mission to provide volunteer, community organizing, educational, athletic, social and business opportunities to Chester and other Delaware County, PA residents. The first stage of this work involved neighborhood cooperatives that set up computers labs giving training and access to residents and youth whose technology options were limited or nonexistent. These labs were in community centers, churches, and public housing developments. Out of this work sprung many other collaboratives. Unity Center facilitated a partnership where five area businesses were matched with Villanova graduate students to develop sustainable business plans. The organization established the Martin Luther King Day of Service and over the years has served as a fiscal agent for other non-profit groups.